The Utah Jazz signed 5 year-old JP Gibson, who is suffering from leukemia, to a one-day contract and brought him on the court to play with the big boys.

On their NBA website, the Utah Jazz announced Monday that the team signed the little boy from Layton as free agent guard. (They chose not to disclose his salary.)

An adorable video shows announcers and players getting into the spirit as Gibson takes the court for an intra-club scrimmage.

“When he was just over a year old, he would sit with my husband Josh watching games,” said his mom, Megan Gibson. “He started insisting on shooting hoops for an hour each night before bedtime when he was just 15 months old.”

“He knows he has to be six before he can play Junior Jazz, and he reminds us all the time that he can’t wait until he’s six.”

(WATCH the beautiful video below, or READ the story here)

Story tip from Owen West – Photo from Utah Jazz video


  1. That was truly nice of the team to do that for JP. When you read about the scumbag players who hit women it’s important to remember that those punks are a tiny fraction of pro athletes and teams everywhere (whether it’s NBA, NFL, MLB, NASCAR, etc) do nice things like this all the time. It would be great if the news people reported the good stories with the same fervor as they have for the bad.

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